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Wall Clocks: What To Consider When Buying

Couple of wall clocks with geometric and essential design

Wall clocks aren’t just great timepieces, they’re also a great way to decorate your home. Choosing the right wall clock can be tough, especially if you’ve never done it before, and so you may need some guidance to choose the best one. That’s where we come in!

Here we have tips on choosing a wall clock that matches the décor of your home. Many of our tips will help you decide on the position, type, size, color, and material of your wall clock.

Wall Clock Positioning

First, you should decide on where the clock is going to go. This will dictate things like the size of the clock and the décor you need it to match.

In most cases, the living room is the best place to fit a wall clock. More people will see it, so it’s best for decoration pieces, and it can tie together the neutral, homely decorations that adorn most living rooms. It’s common for the wall clocks to be mounted above large furniture, like a long sofa or opposite other types of seating.

If you have a blank wall that could use something to focus the eye, a wall clock will usually go well there!

Wall Clock Types

There are many types of wall clocks, with three main varieties available to the average person.

Atomic Wall Clocks

Atomic clocks are self-adjusting models that are renowned for being extremely accurate. They can even adjust across time zone changes, like when Daylight Savings Time comes in, and so they are best for when you need a clock that needs to be accurate. If you’re planning your day by the clock hanging on your wall, you should get an atomic model.

Mechanical Wall Clocks

Mechanical clocks are very common and require winding every week or two. They tend to be less accurate but enjoy many of the traditional design features that work well with vintage decoration. In those cases, they can be worth the extra care that you need to put into them.

Quartz Wall Clocks

Quartz clocks use crystal oscillators to create frequency signals, allowing for a more accurate clock than mechanical models. They function with batteries, so you should have many of those lying around, and they will last for about a year. This makes them perfect for those who want a low-maintenance timepiece.

 Gray wall clock hanging on a white wall

Wall Clock Size & Face

Once you have the position and the type of clock decided, you need to get the right size. It can’t be too big or small, otherwise, it won’t fit on the wall or it’ll go unnoticed. You want to make out the symbols on the clock, after all.

Wall clocks range anywhere between ten inches and thirty inches. You’ll want to go for a smaller clock if you don’t want it to catch much attention. If the clock is the most colorful thing in the room or is glittery, it will attract more attention and so a smaller clock works best.

Larger wall clocks work best as statement pieces that are intended to be eye-catching. This is where more intricacy is appreciated, along with texturized patterning.

As for the clock’s face, they can either have Roman numerals or standard Arabic numbers. The Roman numbers tend to work better with vintage and rustic designs while Arabic numbers are better for modern styles.

Wall Clock Material

Your wall clock will be made from one of three materials – plastic, wood, and metal.

Plastic is budget-friendly, naturally, but it can be thin and fragile to environmental pressures. Clocks with thicker plastic will be more expensive but worth it if your clock is going to hang somewhere where it may get knocked around.

Wooden clocks are better for rustic art styles and are typically made from pine, mahogany, or eucalyptus. The type of wood you get will dictate how much the wall clock costs, with mahogany having a more luxurious finish. Wood is also heavier than plastic.

Metal clocks work best for industrial, modern, and minimalist art styles, depending on if the metal is polished or worn.


After considering the location, type, size, and material of your wall clock, you should be ready to pick out a clock that fits in your home. Along with the considerations we have already covered, you’ll need to make sure that it matches the color of your room and suits your tastes.

Once you have picked out a clock, you’ll need to hang it. Fortunately, this is simple and should be included in the clock’s instructions.